Speaking during the training in Lilongwe, Special Olympics Malawi regional coordinator Raphael January said parents are crucial in orienting disabled children to sports activities.
â€œWe encourage all parents who have children with disabilities to ensure that their children participate in Special Olympics activities. Parents must provide materials such as balls in their homes so that they keep the children active. This also helps to improve the conditions of the children,â€ said January.
He said SOM is recruiting more coaches to help in training parents and organising Special Olympics activities in various districts.
SOM acting director Felix Chisowa added: â€œFamily members will also play a tremendous role of making sure that competition with able-bodied children is used as a means of testing skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth among the athletes.â€